Wednesday, April 9, 2008

I read the news today oh boy....


“...Sport is prostituted when sport loses its independent and democratic character and becomes a political institution...Nazi Germany is endeavoring to use the Eleventh Olympiad to serve the necessities and interests of the Nazi Regime rather than the Olympic ideals.”
Committee on Fair Play in Sports, New York, November 15, 1935

So I've been following the Olympic Protests a little closer than I would usually follow the olympics; (sorry Dad, I'm still not a big sports fan) and I have made an observation that I think is kind of funny. I keep hearing the Mayor of San Francisco on interviews, and quite a few more folk saying we shouldnt be politicizing the Olympic torch ceremony like we are. When asked by Newsweek about the planned protests, Mayor Newsom said:

Newsweek: "What are you doing to ensure the safety of both those planning to cheer and those attending to jeer?"

Newsom: "The good news is that this is a city that sees protests of some scale almost on a weekly basis. The key here is to accommodate everybody: to accommodate those that are there to celebrate the spirit of the Olympics, removing any politics from the torch relay, and to secure the safety and comfort of those who wish to protest, and see this as a political opportunity. We're trying to balance both, and we've made it clear that this should be done peacefully and respectfully."

OK, here is my biggest pet peeve about all this talk about not using the torch or the Olympics as a political vehicle;READ SOME HISTORY!!!!! Do you guys even know who came up with the Olympic torch ceremony and the the 5 rings? heres a little hint:Yes boys and girls, that's right, Leni Riefenstahl and Adolf Hitler came up with both symbols for the 1936 Olympics in Berlin. Is it just me, or does anyone else see the irony in this current situation?
We are urging people not to protest the Olympic torch running, we are begging them not to protest the Olympics for the sake of the athlete's and sportsmanship, just as some people wanted us to do in 1936, when thousands wanted to boycott the Olympics to protest the inhumanity being inflicted upon the Jews and other minorities. We, as citizens of the world, owe it to the people of China, the people of Tibet, and the other people that the Chinese government crushes under foot for noncompliance with their laws, to protest, LOUDLY. Otherwise, were no better than our predecessors who said " don't cheat the athlete's of this chance! Let them compete in Berlin!".

Are we not, as Christians, supposed to stand up for those who have no voice? Do we stop caring about others because we want to watch sports? What matters more? Our own gratification, or aiding our fellow man?

"The dying, the cripple, the mental, the unwanted, the unloved-- they are Jesus in disguise."
Mother Theresa

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